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Monday, October 22, 2012

Farmer's Wife Lazy day with Lil'Gal and attention to my followers...

So. Total Lazy Day.

How long has it been since I've had one of those? Apparently, a pretty long time seein' as all I've left for y'all to read are book reviews and recipes and the occasional, "Oh, where am I?"

My apologies. In my defense, repeating school IS HARD. Fourth grade ain't so bad this third time around because we had those teachers last year and 5th grade is working out better for me and Farmer, Jr. than we thought, but still. It is a day to day schedule.

Then we have dance, guitar, tutoring twice a week - IN TOWN, girl scouts and 4-H here and there...

My hubby gets his feelings hurt. "I have to schedule time with you?" Me, "Yes, Honey. My life revolves around the iCal. If you aren't in the Cal, you aren't on the agenda." Even sleep is scheduled on the agenda (because I don't get much with the B!tC$ Insomnia sharing my home). I know. I'm HORRIBLE. Bad, bad, bad wife. I do my best though. But his job is seasonal 24/7 where my job is 24/7 for 9 months out of 12.

Today is the first official day of our second intersession. Farmer, Jr. went with Papa and my nephew 'Big T' (I dub him that since Lil'Gal dubbed her uncle as Big S a few years ago. Adorable...) to the ranch for an overnight stay. And, we have NO. ERRANDS. or APPOINTMENTS to attend. So, she and I are having a lazy day.

I must forefront this with the fact that I was awake with the usual insomnia at 3:am (I think because I heard Farmer, Jr. open his door and then sneak into our bedroom and take my place on the comfy bed - his fish tank gives him away) and I was still awake at 5:am when Lil'Gal had a bad dream that she got a 'D' on an assignment and had to redo the assignment. (What kind of pressure are our kids carrying that ON BREAK my Lil'Gal is dreaming she failed something when she never fails anything???)

So Hubby got up and showered, got FJ up to go to the ranch with Pa, and me and Lil'Gal went back to sleep for another two hours. LAZY. Oh, yeah. Then me and Lil'Gal made a hearty breakfast of pancakes and poached eggs and ate well. Lil'Gal then decided we needed to do make-overs and make-up and hair. And, then we watched TV and next we will play a game. LAZY. TOTALLY.

In my defense, I will at some point during the day, hit the treadmill for 3 miles. Because my new app will remind me that even on a lazy day - FW need some exercise so her britches fit next week. But I did holler (OK, text because I don't holler or call) at Hubby to pick up some comido de los perros so the medium pup don't starve (it won't hurt my Baby Biggun' to skip a meal here and there, as per her vet.)

And, since I have all this wonderful time on my hands to do nuthin' I'm thinking at some point in the day I should dress myself half-@$$ purdy for Hubby to come home so he doesn't have to make an appointment to have a conversation with his wife or attention otherwise divided and shared.

But, before I go kick Lil'Gal's pie at UNO I thought, "Hey! I can pop in and blog to my peeps! At least those who are officially still following me." So, here I am. Thanking you for your continued loyalty, love and support and begging anyone who is ready to delete me from their list to "Please stay by my side. I read you all too via my dashboard. I do, I just don't get to always comment. It is way harder to comment via my iPhone than the iPad or LT... But don't think I'm not there."

Thanks for reading me and *on knees, hands together in plea* please don't delete me or give up on me. I will revamp my schedule. And, in December we get a whole four weeks vacation - look out then 'cuz I'll be blogging and vloggin' and posting many a pics!!

Hugs to ya'll and Happy Monday!!! WHOOP!!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

REVIEW: Why I Love My Gay Boyfriend

I received an opportunity to read this book from Michelle with Central Avenue Publishing. I read the synopsis and it sounded cute so I agreed to do a review for a chance to read it.

I'm glad I did! It was a cute and witty read and it had me giggling to myself throughout the whole book.

Veronica, 'Ronnie', and her friends have just graduated from college and have dreams about their careers. But it turns out, it isn't so easy to get that dream job right out of school with no experience. Ronnie happens to land a PR job that is totally out of her element at "Giselle", a make-up manufacturing company. FYI, Ronnie doesn't wear make-up and is really pretty clueless when it comes to fashion. She was hoping for a job with a non-profit agency. But hey, a girl's gotta' do what a girl's gotta do to pay the bills.

Stumbling through manuals, lipsticks and mascara, Ronnie finds herself drowning in the world of PR and cosmetics. Luckily, she runs into Stevie who is a fashionista's dream. He's courteous, helpful, and knows the 'rules' of surviving and moving up at Giselle. Ronnie finds everything about Stevie perfect boyfriend material with one exception. Stevie is gay.

Stevie is just what Ronnie needs and before she knows it she's in the loop and pulling it off like she really knows what she is doing, all while dealing with company politics, catty and bitchy co-workers and a really hawt executive. But things aren't always what they seem.

Soon things begin spiraling out of control, Ronnie's friends practically disown her as she has replaced her life with everything lipstick, parties, mascara and Giselle.

Ronnie's flounderings and Stevie's wit make this book out loud laughable. It was such a fun, easy-breezy read. If you like witty, funny stories then check this out. You can check it out at Central Avenue Publishing and also at Amazon.



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

SHRIMP STIR FRY, Farmer's Wife's Recipe

Yesterday while conversing on Facebook, a few friends and I were sharing what was for dinner.

I commented that I was making my shrimp stir fry. A few friends commented back for the recipe, so I decided to post it here on my blog where it can be forever searchable.

After all, I being the ever generous one - wouldn't dare cheat the world of such a deliciously, simple dish. ;-)



8-10 large shrimp (for four people; you can use 6-8 for one or two people)
OR, the small bag of small cocktail shrimp you can buy at the grocery store.

***living closer to the Coast in South Texas, we get our shrimp from 'the shrimp guy'. He comes by in his truck full of iced down, fresh jumbo shrimp having just picked them up directly from the shrimper. I'm lucky, eh?

16 oz package of your favorite frozen stir fry vegetables. (Walmart has an excellent 'Deluxe Stir Fry' in their generic, frozen-vegetable section.) Sometimes I supplement this with extra frozen broccoli or frozen squash.

Seasonings of your choice, I use Nature's Season by Morton and Tony Chachere's.

Olive oil (a few tablespoons)

Peel the shrimp being sure to remove the tail peel as well. Split in half as if to butterfly but completely separate the two halves. (Also devein the shrimp during this process). Cut the halves into additional halves ending with four equal pieces of each shrimp. (You can use butterflied shrimp but you'll have to use more. Quartering them is more economical.)

Using a non-stick pan, pour enough olive oil to almost coat the bottom of the frying pan. Tilt pan back and forth to coat the bottom. The pan needn't be completely coated. Pour in your frozen stir fry veggies and any other veggies you prefer to add. Turn the flame to medium/medium-high (do not cover as the veggies will get very soggy from the condensation since they are frozen).

Sprinkle some seasoning lightly over the vegetables. Stir the veggies every so often to cook and heat them evenly. When the vegetables are cooked to about half the desired crispness, add in the quartered shrimp. Continue to stir until the shrimp turn a bright white with pink tint along the edges.

As the shrimp stir-fry cooks, sample and season to taste. Serve alone, with a salad or over steamed rice.

It's that easy!! Fresh vegetables are great but the frozen stir fry mixes make for a quick and easy last minute meal as they are easy to keep on hand.

My husband loves this for a light, healthy dish!

Happy Tuesday!!